Eventually, listing the highest-hit individual posts as part of the
thread hit listing would be ideal, but even without that,
returning the thread hit in search looks like a big
improvement. Thank you, Tilmann and Dave!
Hm, in Forums, although each individual post always has its own
message_id, Forums gives a link to display just that one post (and its
direct replies) only if the poster assigned a different
subject line, rather than accepting the default subject. That's kind
of disconcerting. Occasionally you want to give a link to an
individual post, so there should be a (small, unobtrusive) link on
each post for displaying just that post.
It'd also be very nice to have
anchors embedded in the page too, so you could display the entire
thread but zooming in on a particular post. The UI decision of
whether to make display using those name tags the default behavior for
viewing a single post could (and should) be postponed to a later date,
just sticking the name tags into the Forums HTML hurts nothing and
would definitely be worthwhile.
Simple Matters of Programming, I guess. I'm sure others have thought
of this too, just figured I'd point it out anyway...